EU pays jobless migrants to come to Britain

Published Aug 04, 2015

su8OU9X-6wmmsFf4gnQvuB5OTcEae9qOt_NuH73_0dE.pngResearch by UKIP has discovered that a jobs scheme which is supposed to help young people from across the EU get work has helped only 25 British people secure work.

The controversial EURES scheme, which the UK government has tried to secure opt outs on, offers grants and reimbursements for people between 18 and 35 to get jobs or trainee schemes in other countries.

The findings have been described as "more proof that EU membership is not in Britain's best interests" by the UKIP's Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP.

In contrast, has been welcomed by many member states such as Spain and Greece whose young people are suffering huge rates of unemployment thanks to the single currency driven financial crisis.

But while thirty per cent of jobs between 2012 and May of this year have been vacancies for UK positions, most of the 3,887 placements went to applicants from other EU countries. With only 25 jobs going to a British person, it works out at a huge cost to tax payers and an average 'head hunting' cost of EUR 45,400.

Yet despite this, only 13.2% of the total number of employees were successful employed for six months or more.

Mrs Collins, who represents Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in the European Parliament said The scheme was "a slap in the face to the young people all over the UK who are looking for work and whose taxes have been spent making their chances of employment less likely.

"Four towns in my constituency: Grimsby, Barnsley, Bradford and Hull, have been identified by independent research as being youth unemployment blackspots. Yet Spain has had over thirty two times the number of its young people employed, a large number of which will be in the UK.

"Only recently MEPs voted on legislation to expand the reach of EURES which included bizarre amendments by the Tories in favour of the programme."

The scheme, which has a total expenditure of EUR 6.9 million, includes financial assistance for travelling to interviews and language development. This includes EUR 761,500 for 1,523 applicants who were given financial assistance to get to job interviews and EUR 350,520 for 276 applicants for language training development.

The government has sought an opt out from advertising all UK jobs on the portal but this is a non binding document which will be overruled by the latest Brussels proposal which will make it compulsory for all Member States 'public employment services' to advertise on EURES.

Case study - Italian job seeker

Allowance for interviews

Over 500km travelled = €350
Daily subsistence allowance (max 3 days) = €50 per day, €150 in total.

Allowance to move to another member state (in this case the UK) €1060

Language get training covered in form of reimbursement = €1270

Rcognition of qualifications (reimbursement) up to €1000

Special needs relocation allowance €500

SME integration costs for training / integrating new employee €1000

Meaning that this one employee could end up costing the tax payer up to €5390.

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